jail problems

9:27 am
Mon April 16, 2012

County jail problems discussed

Inside the Erie County Holding Center
WBFO News file photo

Sheriff Tim Howard admits there are problems in county lockups, many of which he is powerless to do anything about.

He says there are severe staff shortages; staff discipline problems caused when punishments for bad behavior have been overturned in the courts; and, because there aren't enough supervisors.

The sheriff talked about the problems during a recent public meeting called by 100 Black Men of Buffalo.

He says the attitude under several county executives was to use overtime instead of hiring guards.

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